I’m not sure how this post never got published. It might be for lack of a photo, which came out poorly due to the conditions (rain, sea spray and being tossed about). Without further ado – a very belated post from 2011.
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This isn’t exactly costume related, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Rogues got to go sailing on the tall ship Lady Washington this last weekend! It was cold, wet, it rained and it was awesome! S. jumped up and down and squealed like a little girl as we headed out of the bay into open water with the hull slapping down against the swells.
The Lady Washington is the state ship of Washington. She sails around doing short adventure and battle sails (I want to be on board to hear the canons fire, even if the projectiles are only twinkies!), but her main goal is to provide educational experience of merchant seamen for school children. The ship itself is a 112 foot brig (two masts, square-rigged). She appeared in the first Pirates movie as the HMS Interceptor. The original ship (this is a replica built in 1989) was built in the 1750s as a cargo vessel and became a privateer during the American Revolutionary War. In 1788 she was the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America. She normally travels with another tall ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain. For more information on her history, current voyages and a 14 minute video on the making of the modern vessel, visit: http://www.historicalseaport.org/lady-washington and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Washington
The Rogues were aboard her this last weekend for (snicker) a three hour tour. The weather in fact did get rough, with rain pelting the 45 passengers and 12 crew members on deck, though we were not terribly tossed. Our brief time aboard puts me in awe of those who are tossed and end up adrift on any island, uncharted or not, or sailed in the age of sail in general. We didn’t really go anywhere be out past the rock, around it and back again, nor did we do more than perhaps 5 or so knots. But that 5 knots was awesome! On the way out of the bay we hit a lot of small swells and the lower deck periodically flooded and drained (as she is designed to do). I was happily standing at the railing on the quarter deck, opposite the captain, pretending that I was she. Had the weather not been a stormy day in November, I would have been fully clad in Pirate regalia. Another time, another time…
The crew was great, climbing the mast to unfurl or stow the sails, telling us the history of their ship, describing the programs and even singing a few sea shanties for us, including The Mermaid and South Australia. And yes, we did sing along a bit. They wear late 18c costume, except where weather does not permit. This meant we saw a lot of harnesses, safety yellow rain pants and slickers over rough shirts and various wool bits. You can’t have authenticity all the time and live.
I highly recommend taking a sail on the Lady Washington or any other tall ship. Here’s to the crew and here’s to the ship! Hip, hip, huzzah!
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